No chimney? No problem.
Indoor bioethanol fireplaces are in vogue, exuding the primal warmth of a roaring fire even within chimney-deprived houses and apartments.
Models can be installed into recessed cavities, over existing walled-off fireplaces or hung on walls. Portable versions can be placed on tables and floors or used outdoors.
Bioethanol fireplaces are low-maintenance additions to homes because they produce no smoke, soot or ash — only steam, carbon dioxide and some heat.
That said, the fireplaces do consume oxygen. So always keep a window or door cracked when using one. And it probably goes without saying, but we will say it anyway: Always follow all safety instructions included with these products.
Here are three hot models that caught our eye:
Ghost | EcoSmart Fire
The Ghost is made of brushed stainless steel and toughened glass. A display compartment can be wryly stacked with wood logs, which are not included. $2,652. ecosmartfire.com
Tokio | Ignis
Tokio is constructed of powder-coated steel and is covered in a SAE 304 stainless steel frame, favored for corrosion resistance. The model can sit recessed into a wall or can be mounted using included brackets. $382.50 ignisproducts.com
Omega | Decorpro
This tabletop burner is formed from a single, ribbon-shaped length of steel coated in a glossy, powder-paint white. $72 decorpro.ca